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king full strap
argyles otc

A very slick combination uncle. Very slick.
post #56282 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Ok, this is my last reclamation project for a while. A picked up what I believe to be a pair of calfskin NST's off of ebay for a shipped price of less than $100. They seemed to have good bones from the pictures, but looked like they needed a little love. A little Saphir renovater, neutral shoe cream, and considerable elbow power has produced these .......



I cleaned up the edging and added the shoe/heel protectors. Look at how thick the soles are. These shoes were hardly used, just not well cared for. I am quite pleased with the outcome. They will also be added to my regular rotation. I thought I was through with non-shell for a while but I'm glad I didn't pass these up.

WOW!  Those really did come out great!

 

NEXT TIME TAKE BEFORE PICS!!!baldy[1].gif

 

maybe you can still post the pics from the eBay listing?

post #56283 of 122416
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Nope - not a stupid question. It seems there is no uniformity on this. However, I believe some of the confusion comes into the picture when one does not specify bal or blucher. With all of that said, I tend to describe them, for example, as follows:

captoe blucher (straight tip) - 2160
captoe blucher (perf tip, with medallion toe) - 2145

captoe bal (straight tip) - 9070
captoe bal (perf tip) - 9015
captoe bal (perf tip with medallion toe) - 9841

This was always my understanding. If the cap has punching or a medallion then it is NOT a straight tip. Blucher or Bal.


Thank you both for clarifying what I've said from th every beginning...  biggrin.gif

post #56284 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.






I love all 3 of these but there is something extra elegant about color 8 shells with the antique welt. Very nice collection.
post #56285 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Wow, that's a long discussion about a simple case of semantics.  facepalm.gif

 

A "Straight Tip" and a "Cap Toe" are the same thing.  Alden calls them Straight Tips.  Others call them Cap Toes.  Nowhere on Alden's website do I find the term Cap Toe.  Some other retailers refer to their Alden shoes as Cap Toes (such as The Shoe Mart), but they are the same shoe that Alden calls Straight Tips.  

 

The shoe can have a medallion.  This has nothing to do with whether a shoe then has to be called a Straight Tip or a Cap Toe.  It does have to do with it's brogue classification (see below).    

 

The edge of the leather tip can have broguing.  Some call these perforations instead of broguing.  Again, they are the same thing.  Alden calls them perforations, but broguing is the official term.

 

Officially, shoes are termed according to their amount of broguing:

 

Full Brogues (wingtips)

Semi or Half Brogues (toe cap with a brogued edge and medallion)

Quarter Brogues (toe cap with brogued edge but no medallion)

Longwing Brogues (longwings)

 

Sorry, Alden can call their shoes whatever they want, but the history and art of shoe making is much longer, richer, and deeper than just this one company.      

You may be misunderstanding what has been written.  If all that is present is the line making the cap toe, Alden calls them straight tips but still categorizes them under cap toe.  If there are perforations/broguing, Alden refers to them as cap toe followed by the description of the perforations/broguing.

 

You will not find "straight tip" on the name of any of Aldens shoes that have perforations/broguing.  If I am wrong, forgive me.  We are all friends here, no need for frustration or condescension in tone.  Good day gents...

post #56286 of 122416
I see Blackbird is shutting its doors. I picked up a couple unique make-ups from them over the past few years. While their relationship with Alden sort of petered out recently, I had hoped they might resurrect something in the future. If anyone is into that gothic, hipster, vampire look, they're blowing out their existing inventory.
post #56287 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Ok, this is my last reclamation project for a while. A picked up what I believe to be a pair of calfskin NST's off of ebay for a shipped price of less than $100. They seemed to have good bones from the pictures, but looked like they needed a little love. A little Saphir renovater, neutral shoe cream, and considerable elbow power has produced these .......





I cleaned up the edging and added the shoe/heel protectors. Look at how thick the soles are. These shoes were hardly used, just not well cared for. I am quite pleased with the outcome. They will also be added to my regular rotation. I thought I was through with non-shell for a while but I'm glad I didn't pass these up.

Fine shoes, I wore mine today, also picked them up on Ebay.

post #56288 of 122416
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WOW!  Those really did come out great!

NEXT TIME TAKE BEFORE PICS!!!baldy%5B1%5D.gif

maybe you can still post the pics from the eBay listing?

Bakes - I still haven't figured out how to post a link to the listing. In my defense for not posting before pictures (and this is a flimsy defense) but this one was nothing like last weeks where the shoes were beat up shells that I didn't if they could be restored. After completion, I was pretty proud of my work. With these shoes, I just got lucky. I put the better part of 15 minutes of effort in them and other than the Saphir renovater, I didn't do anything that I don't normally do to my shoes. Again, it's a flimsy defense and I will absolutely take pictures before my next reclamation project.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Ok, this is my last reclamation project for a while. A picked up what I believe to be a pair of calfskin NST's off of ebay for a shipped price of less than $100. They seemed to have good bones from the pictures, but looked like they needed a little love. A little Saphir renovater, neutral shoe cream, and considerable elbow power has produced these ....... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




I
cleaned up the edging and added the shoe/heel protectors. Look at how thick the soles are. These shoes were hardly used, just not well cared for. I am quite pleased with the outcome. They will also be added to my regular rotation. I thought I was through with non-shell for a while but I'm glad I didn't pass these up.

nephew,
you did very will, the soles indicate that the shoes have been hardly worn.
post #56290 of 122416
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A very slick combination uncle. Very slick.

nephew,
thank you
post #56291 of 122416
How does the Hampton last fit? I'm wear a:

10.5D Barrie/Truebalance
10.5E Aberdeen
11E Leydon

Would I take a 10.5E or an 11D Hampton?
post #56292 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Had a good day today, dropped by Alden DC as was in town and picked up a Cigar LHS, Cigar Belt, and Whiskey Belt. Also, got an unlined LHS in Color 8 from BB. Shipped to my house, so will post pics when I get them.

I think I sound like Steve now... :-)
Congrats on a great haul. Alden DC has been a great source for many of my rare shell shoe and belt catches. Job well done. I've been off the hunt lately. Finishing up a remodel project that one part of it had issues and I had to jump in and get tough. Another thing is it finally hot here so business is booming. I'm earning some money for a fall surge! Watch out. To be honest I still have over a 1/2 dozen pairs I still need to break in via the Mac protocol..

Glad to see everyone is doing well.

See Ya,
Steve
post #56293 of 122416
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Originally Posted by erbs View Post

How does the Hampton last fit? I'm wear a:

10.5D Barrie/Truebalance
10.5E Aberdeen
11E Leydon

Would I take a 10.5E or an 11D Hampton?

10.5E if I had to guess.

post #56294 of 122416
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Originally Posted by erbs View Post

How does the Hampton last fit? I'm wear a:

10.5D Barrie/Truebalance
10.5E Aberdeen
11E Leydon

Would I take a 10.5E or an 11D Hampton?

I wear 10.5D Barrie and 11E Hampton. The latter is a bit roomier.
post #56295 of 122416
My color8 LWBs have threads coming out at 2 places. I am aware that many people face these quality issues with alden. Could friends on the forum guide me as to what I should do? Should I snip the thread with a pair of scissors or. Can I just let them be?
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